How FDR lost his brief war on the Supreme Court

On February 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt shocked America by introducing a plan to expand the Supreme Court, to gain favorable votes. FDR’s war on the court was short-lived, and it was defeated by a crafty chief justice and Roosevelt’s own party members.

Your one-stop primer on the Senate filibuster

The Senate filibuster has had a banner month so far. In late January, the Senate approved modest changes to the filibuster. And this week, there has been speculation that Senate Republicans might resort to a filibuster of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary.